I hope you are all staying safe with your families at home. I am writing to inform you of further details regarding two online resources made available to support pupils in their learning at home. These are called Oak National Academy and BBC Daily Lessons. Both of these provide mini video lessons (3-6 per day depending on year group) and activities to run alongside the videos. We do not expect pupils to complete all lessons on both platforms in addition to the home learning we have set, however, we do hope that our pupils benefit from being able to access a range of different learning resources to provide variety. Any learning pupils can engage with is excellent to keep their minds thinking and working. Pupils can complete the online lessons in their home learning exercise books to keep a track of their learning. Please do not worry about them falling behind if they have completed everything available- this is unrealistic. Any new material will be covered again by their teachers once back in school. I have included the details of how to access the platforms below. Links are at the bottom of the page.
Oak National Academy - this is a series of lessons organised by year group in a daily schedule. Once you have clicked the link to Oak National Academy (or google this and it is the first link), click schedule followed by your year group. This bring up the lessons for the week categorised into each day. Ensure you have your exercise book and pens/pencils ready to complete the lesson.
BBC Daily Lessons - this is a series of lessons organised by year group in a daily schedule. Once you have clicked the link, you can click your year group and this will also bring up lessons for the week. Ensure you have your exercise book and pens/pencils ready to complete the lesson. BBC Daily Learning is also available through the television by clicking on the 'red button' to access the BBC on demand programmes.
Once again please do not worry if pupils do not complete all of this work or do 'Monday' lessons on a 'Tuesday' etc. What would be great is that all of our pupils engage in some home learning everyday. Research shows that the best way parents can help motivate young people is to talk about 'future goals' as oppose to referring to tests coming up or because it is something you have to do because the school told you. Please continue to talk to pupils about engaging with any learning will help them when they return to daily life at Hillside and any learning adds to their power to succeed in their future; the more power they have the more likely they are to achieve success.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact teachers in school via email or there is always someone in the school office Monday to Friday to take your calls.